Bachelor Mother (1939)

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An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

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  • David Niven and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother (1939)
  • David Niven and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother (1939)
  • David Niven and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother (1939)
  • David Niven, Ginger Rogers, and Frank Albertson in Bachelor Mother (1939)
  • David Niven and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother (1939)
  • David Niven and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother (1939)

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2 October 1999 | Josef Tura-2
10
| The angst of Donald Duck?
How many of us can sympathize with this? Your job is hanging precariously, your social life is not what it could be, and customer service won't let you return a malfunctioning Donald Duck toy without a receipt in triplicate.

This is the irresistible comic situation for the forgotten classic "Bachelor Mother". A young, urbane department store worker happens to run across a baby left on a social office's doorstep. Under the circumstances she is confused as the mother of the baby. She flatly denies this but no one will believe her including her boss, a wealthy, prim David Niven. Following a comedy of errors reminiscent of a Shakespeare play these two are thrown together and Niven is then assumed to be the baby's father by his own father, the inimitable Charles Coburn. The movies dances dizzyingly from one comic scenario to another, including a scene where Niven misdirects Rodgers to rub baby food into the baby's navel, and the cathartic comic moment where Niven, the store manager disguised a customer, demands to have his Donald Duck toy returned, to no avail.

Niven: "What is wrong with our Sales Return desk?"

Rodgers: "They don't return anything!"

Filled with scintillating wit, bubbling chemistry and a feel-good plot it is the perfect comedy to enjoy over and over again.

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